British Airways to take delivery of 25th 787 Dreamliner this week

Sep 27, 2017

British Airways will welcome its 25th Dreamliner into its fleet as it takes delivery of a Boeing 787-8 on Friday (29th September). Flight number BA8625 will depart Boeing’s Seattle factory on Thursday 28th 6.05pm local time, making its maiden voyage to the Heathrow. The Dreamliner should land at Heathrow at 11.15am local time on Friday.

This ninth 787-8, with the registration G-ZBJI, joins 16 787-9 Dreamliners in the British Airways fleet.  The airline has two further 787-9 aircraft and three 787-8 aircraft which will be delivered in 2018. BA has a further 12 787-10 aircraft on order which are due to arrive between 2020 and 2023.

British Airways 25th 787 Dreamliner

Captain Stephen Riley, British Airways’ director of flight operations, will be taking delivery of the aircraft.

“It is a great privilege to be the Captain flying to Heathrow in our newest aircraft. Some two-and-a-half years of work goes into the delivery of a new aircraft so it’s an exciting moment when we finally fly it home to join the fleet.”

“The Dreamliners are fantastic aircraft both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer. They are incredibly technologically advanced and the most fuel efficient long-haul aircraft. They’ve also been designed with travellers’ comfort in mind, which means customers arrive at their destination feeling great.”

This particular 787-8 will be a three cabin aircraft. Look our for flight number BA8625 arriving at Heathrow on Friday!

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Thai Airways A350 starts flights between London and Bangkok

Sep 18, 2017

Thai Airways A350 aircraft will now be seen on the London Bangkok route as the airline removes their 777 aircraft from the Heathrow flights. The airline’s first A350 flight departs from Heathrow today to the Thai capital.

This state of the art new aircraft from Airbus will offer passengers greater comfort, space and entertainment on the Bangkok flights. As with their A380, Thai Airways have decided to fit the larger 18inch wide economy seats. These seats offer improved comfort on long haul flights. We recently flew to Bangkok on their A380 which is equipped with the same size economy seats and didn’t have to leave the seat at all during the flight.

Thai Airways A350-900

The first A350 flight for Thai Airways will arrive today at Heathrow. Unlike the A380 it has just two cabin classes with 289 seats in the two economy cabins and 32 seats at the front in the Royal Silk business class cabin.

A350 Seat Map

Thai Airways A350-900 Seat Map

It’s a good move by Thai Airways to use the latest Airbus aircraft on this busy route. Flying between London and Bangkok you can now experience the two latest aircraft on a return trip too! Ideal for #avgeeks! Thai also offer a good economy service and there is very limited competition on this direct route so prices can be high. We’ve just priced up a trip in May 2018 for an adult, a youth and a child. Thai Airways only offer a full flexible fare with a total of £10,720.71 while BA offer a cheaper but restricted fare total of just £1,389.71.

But you don’t have to book direct with the airline and we enjoyed our flights earlier this year – even if we couldn’t sit on the upper deck without a £400+ addition to each ticket.

Thai Airways welcome you to their new A350 Royal Silk business class cabin

 

Thai Airways A350

Thai Airways Airbus A350-900

The A350 will replace the Boeing 777 on the Bangkok to London Heathrow day flight TG916 and TG917  leaving late evening from Heathrow to Bangkok.

Thai Airways A350 Economy Cabin Seats

Wide economy seats with great legroom on Thai Airways A350

In the economy class cabin you will find 289 seats, split into two cabins. The layout is 3-3-3 giving the cabin a very spacious feeling and easier to get to the aisle if you are stuck in the middle seat! The economy seat pitch is 32 inches and the width is 18 inches. Although we have not flown on an A350 yet this specification is certainly one of the better for any long haul passenger. Each seat is also equipped with an 11 inch touch screen inflight entertainment system that can connect to onboard WiFi, communicate with your devices, and offer USB connection.

Thai Airways A350 USB inflight entertainment socket

Larger windows and the design of the overhead lockers all help to make the economy cabin feel less cluttered. Along with the mood lighting it should all help to make your flight as comfortable as possible.

Thai Airways A350 economy cabin overhead baggage space

Thai Airways A350 economy seat inflight entertainment

Thai offer great service although not always with a smile. For economy passengers the food selection is still of a high quality and tasty and this should be now different with this new aircraft. If you are travelling on this new A350 tell us what you think and tweet us some images at @Plane_Talking.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business Class

Thai Airways Airbus A350 Royal Silk Business class flat seat

If you are lucky enough to turn left when you board the Thai Airways A350 then you will see the latest Royal Silk cabin. Here there are 32 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. As with the economy cabins there is ambient LED based mood lighting complete with 16.7 million colours. The high overhead lockers add to the feeling of space along with the larger panoramic windows.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business class cabin seat

These new business class seats have been  designed for maximum passenger comfort. There is a 41 to 46 inch spacing between seat rows and each seat is 21 inches,wide. Each seat  extends to a completely flat bed proving passengers with the perfect environment to fully relax on the flight.  For inflight entertainment each seat is equipped with a 16 inch touch screen that can connect to the on board WiFi, charge your electrical devices and offer a huge range of films and music.

Thai AIrways A350 Royal Silk business class seat room

Thai also offer a tasty selection of food on their flights although we have not seen what will be available on this route.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business class cabin seating

Between sales their prices may be high but a direct flight is usually a better option and if comfort is important for your trip then you should consider travelling with Thai Airways. We hope to travel to Thailand again, hopefully on the Thai Airways A350 to give you a complete review on what it’s like. In the meantime if you travel on this or any route tell us what you think and tweet us your photos and videos.

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Fokker 70 final KLM Cityhopper commercial flights on 28th October #Avgeeks

Sep 13, 2017

All #avgeeks out there . KLM wants to celebrate in style the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.

For any KLM #avgeeks who would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on 28th October 2017 the flight schedule is below. A few seats are still available and can be booked via KLM’s website.

DUS – Düsseldorf KL1862 arrival Amsterdam 19.05 hrs*
NWI- Norwich KL1512 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
HAJ – Hannover KL1912 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
BRU – Brussel KL1732 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
LUX – Luxembourg KL1746 arrival Amsterdam 19.35 hrs*
LHR – London KL1070 arrival Amsterdam 20.30 hrs *
*Local time

For the #avgeeks!

The fact that the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17th May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on 15th September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28th October will complete the circle.

Modernising the fleet

KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175+ in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing KLM network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

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Singapore Airlines operate first ‘Green Package’ flights with A350

May 3, 2017

Committed to the global effort to reduce international aviation emissions, Singapore Airlines (SIA), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), has started operating a series of 12 ‘green package’ flights over a three-month period on its non-stop San Francisco – Singapore route.

Featuring SIA’s latest-generation and most fuel-efficient aircraft – the Airbus A350-900 – the ‘green package’ flights are the first in the world to combine the use of biofuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimised flight operations. CAAS is facilitating the use of these optimised flight operations and Air Traffic Management (ATM) best practices which reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions for the flights.

The first of the 12 flights, SQ31, departed San Francisco at 11:21hrs (San Francisco Time) on 1st May 2017 and arrived in Singapore at 19:10 hrs (Singapore Time) on 2nd May with 206 passengers on board.

The initiative supports the efforts under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) 2015 to develop Singapore as a Leading Green Economy, where businesses adopt more efficient and sustainable processes and measures to reduce their resource and environmental impact, and contribute towards a Sustainable Singapore. The flights will also raise awareness of sustainable biofuels for aviation and provide the industry with valuable insight on the economics, logistical requirements and performance of biofuels.

Singapore Airlines operate first 'Green Package' flights with A350

Over the three-month period, flight SQ31 will be powered by a combination of HEFA (Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids), a sustainable biofuel produced from used cooking oils, and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel, produced by AltAir Fuels, will be supplied and delivered to San Francisco by SkyNRG in collaboration with North American Fuel Corporation (NAFCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Oil (Singapore), and EPIC Fuels.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), sustainable biofuel is a promising technological solution which will reduce the airline industry’s carbon emissions. It has been certified safe for use in commercial aviation since 2011, and has been in use by airlines in other parts of the world.

In collaboration with CAAS and air navigation service providers along the flight route, these flights will also employ optimised flight operations, which will reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions. These optimised flight operations include User Preferred Routes (UPRs), Dynamic Airborne Reroute Procedure (DARP), 30/30 Reduced Oceanic Separation and Time-Based Arrivals Management.1

Other than the ongoing ‘green-package’ flights, SIA and CAAS have worked together in recent years on several other carbon emissions-reducing initiatives in international aviation. In January 2010, both organisations participated in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE2) programme with a demonstration flight from Los Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo which yielded fuel savings of 6%.

In May 2011, CAAS and SIA launched regular ASPIRE flights on the Los Angeles Singapore route. Over the years, routes to various destinations in the Southwest Pacific, including Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney, were incrementally added to the ASPIRE programme, the latest addition being SIA’s ‘Capital Express’ service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington in September 2016. The series of 12 ‘green package’ flights will also adopt ATM best practices from the ASPIRE programme.

Singapore Airlines is also a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which was established in 2008 to accelerate the development and commercialisation of sustainable biofuels for aviation, derived from environmentally and socially-sustainable sources.

“Singapore Airlines’ fleet is already among the most modern and fuel-efficient in the world. We now want to push ourselves further and are embarking on this initiative to help promote the use of sustainable biofuel in an operationally and commerciallyviable manner. This is in line with our long-term commitment to further reduce carbon emissions while improving the efficiency of our operations. This initiative is especially memorable as our first biofuel flight departed from San Francisco on 1st May, when Singapore Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary,” said SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“CAAS is pleased to support and participate in this initiative. This is part of CAAS’ ongoing effort to develop new initiatives to achieve the sustainable growth of aviation. Collaboration is key in this effort. CAAS is therefore committed to continuing our work with industry partners to advance and drive greater innovation on this front, ” said Director-General of CAAS, Mr Kevin Shum.

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United Airlines to add 31 destinations across the U.S. and Europe this Summer

Feb 27, 2017

United Airlines is revitalizing its route network with more destinations, more flights and more convenient connections for customers in both domestic and international markets. Subject to government approval, the carrier will add a seasonal route between San Francisco and Munich for the first time ever, and one of the carrier’s daily flights between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv, Israel will be upgauged with the new Boeing 777-300ER. The airline is also growing its domestic network, adding even more connections and additional service to 30 destinations across the U.S.

“Starting this summer we’re offering more flights, to more destinations at more convenient times than in recent memory,” said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.

“And with bigger and more modern aircraft for many of our flights, we’ll be getting you to the moments that matter most – relaxed and ready to go.”

New International Service

United’s seasonal flight between San Francisco International Airport and Munich Airport begins on May 24 with service from MUC to SFO returning the next day. The route will be operated with one of the most advanced passenger airplanes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which delivers unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.

FlightFromToDepartureArrival
194SFOMUC2:05 p.m. daily10:25 a.m. the next day
195MUCSFO12:10 p.m. daily2:55 p.m. the same day

 

Beginning on the 5th May, United will operate one of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring the all new United Polaris seats. This will be the second route – in addition to the carrier’s flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong – that will utilize the brand new Boeing 777-300ER.

FlightFromToDepartureArrival
90EWRTLV11:45 p.m. daily4:20 p.m. the next day
91TLVEWR11:10 p.m. daily4:35 a.m. the same day

 

New Domestic Markets

United is growing its domestic network by improving connectivity through its hubs, offering better products and scheduling optimal flight times. The new routes bring non-stop service to more cities giving customers more convenient travel options to some of the country’s largest cities, and beyond. The carrier is adding service to thirteen cities, including four all-new destinations: Champaign/Urbana, IL; Columbia, MO; Rochester, MN and United’s shortest flight to Santa Rosa, California.

FromToFrequencyStart Date
DENCOU – Columbia, MODailyAug. 1
DENSBP – San Luis Obispo, CADailyJune 8
EWRSMF – Sacramento, CADailyJune 8
IAHSGF – Springfield, MO2 times DailyJune 8
ORDCHO – Charlottesville, VADailyJune 8
ORDCMI – Champaign/Urbana, IL3 times dailyJune 8
ORDCOU – Columbia, MO2 times dailyAug. 1
ORDRNO – Reno, NVDailyJune 8
ORDRST – Rochester, MN3 times dailyJune 8
ORDGEG –  Spokane, WADailyJune 8
SFOCVG – Cincinnati, OHDailyJune 8
SFODTW- DetroitDailyJune 8
SFOGEG – Spokane, WA2 times dailyJune 8
SFOSTS – Santa Rosa, CA3 times dailyJune 8
SFOBDL – Hartford, CTDailyJune 8

 

Expanded Domestic Service

United is also introducing daily summer service in six markets. Flights to Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Tucson and New Orleans not previously offered in the summer, will now move to year round service.

FromToFrequencyStart Date
DENKOA – Kona, HawaiiDailyJune 8
EWRSLC – Salt Lake City, UTDailyJune 8
IADFLL – Fort Lauderdale, FLDailyJune 8
ORDTUS – Tucson, AZDailyJune 8
SFOMSY – New OrleansDailyJune 8
SFOFCA – Kalispell, MTDailyJuly 1

 

Added Flight Frequencies

In an effort to increase customer choice in key business and leisure markets, United will add additional daily flights in 15 existing markets.

FromToNew Frequency
DENABQ – Albuquerque, NM5 times daily
DENFLL – Ft. Lauderdale, FL2 times daily
DENMCO- Orlando, FL4 times daily
DENTPA – Tampa, FL2 times daily
EWRATL – Atlanta8 times daily
EWRDTW – Detroit7 times daily
EWRPDX – Portland, OR2 times daily
IADJAX – Jacksonville, FL3 times daily
IADPVD – Providence, RI4 times daily
IADPWM – Portland, ME4 times daily
IADROA – Roanoke, VA3 times daily
IAHATL – Atlanta8 times daily
IAHCHS – Charleston, SC3 times daily
ORDFLL – Fort Lauderdale, FL3 times daily
ORDRSW – Fort Myers, FL2 times daily

 

In total, United is adding 47 new daily round trips to its domestic schedule. The flights will be on a variety of mainline and regional jets that will add nearly 8,700 additional seats per day and approximately 90,000 new flight miles. These flights are now available for purchase with domestic service beginning as early as June 8. Flights returning to United’s international seasonal summer schedule such as Xi’an, China and Rome are also available on united.com.

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Fly direct to Lapland to Ski, see Santa and the Northern Lights

Jan 20, 2017

There is to be a new non-stop service from London Gatwick to the Lapland airport of Ivalo from mid December 2017.

Finnair has announced that it will start flying non-stop from the UK to Finnish Lapland. This new direct service will operate twice a week from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. Flights are available to book now on the Finnair website.

 Finnair Logo 120x60 UK

The ski and holiday resorts in and around Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travellers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to experience Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Visit Lapland

See Northern Lights Aurora fly Finnair Lapland Flights

Finnair will fly twice a week between London Gatwick and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays, with the flights operated by Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

Finnair A320 Lapland Flights

“There is increased interest towards Finland and especially Lapland as tourist destinations, and we are excited to be able to offer flights direct from London to Lapland,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.

“In addition to multiple alternatives via Helsinki, these new non-stop flights will offer great additional opportunities for UK holidaymakers visiting Lapland. Finnair is the only airline serving all Lapland airports and this gives our customers the flexibility to travel around Lapland and experience the beautiful variety in the region.”

The announcement by Finnair is part of a wider expansion of new non-stop routes between key European cities and Finnish Lapland. Other new services for winter 2017 include weekly flights between Zurich and Kittilä on Saturdays, Frankfurt and Kittilä on Tuesdays and Paris CDG and Kittilä, also on Tuesdays.

Fly direct to Lapland

Additional capacity and flights to Lapland from Helsinki airport will also be added for the 2017 – 2018 winter season, offering even more connections for Finnair customers. The award-winning carrier will add three weekly flights to Rovaniemi, bringing it to 30 weekly frequencies. Furthermore, additional frequencies will be added to Ivalo (four weekly), Kittilä (four weekly) and Kuusamo (one weekly). In total, Finnair will operate up to 52 weekly frequencies from Helsinki to Lapland airports during the peak winter season. With these additions, the airline will be increasing its total capacity to this popular destination by 18% compared to the current winter season.

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Cathay Pacific moves New York JFK operations to Terminal 8

Jan 11, 2017

Cathay Pacific will relocate its operations at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Terminal 8, commencing on the 15th January, in a move that will benefit its customers through added convenience and enhanced connectivity.

Cathay Pacific to move to JFK Terminal 8

The relocation, which sees Hong Kong’s home carrier shift its passenger handling services from Terminal 7, will provide its customers with a more seamless travel experience when connecting to flights operated by Cathay Pacific’s oneworld partner, American Airlines, which has a significant presence at Terminal 8.

Cathay Pacific partner American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 8 at JFK Airport

The new American Airlines’ Admirals Club in Terminal 8 will adopt the same design concept as its lounge in São Paulo when it fully reopens in April.

Flight CX845, with a scheduled departure of 00.45 local time on the 15th January, will be Cathay Pacific’s final departure from Terminal 7. All subsequent flights to Hong Kong will depart from Terminal 8, which is the largest passenger terminal at JFK and twice the size of Madison Square Garden.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery James Ginns said: “Moving our operations to Terminal 8 at JFK, the home of our oneworld partner American Airlines, will improve our passengers’ travel experience considerably. The first-rate facilities and amenities available, in addition to the significant connectivity advantages that the move brings, will further enhance the delivery of our brand promise of a Life Well Travelled.”

All Cathay Pacific passengers will enjoy the myriad dining, retail and entertainment facilities that the terminal provides before boarding their flights, while First and Business Class passengers, in addition to eligible Marco Polo Club members, will have the option of relaxing in American Airlines’ lounges – the Admirals Club or the Flagship Lounge, which is set to be the most impressive on the airline’s network once extensive renovations are completed in April.

The Flagship Lounge, which will feature updated interiors, more space, additional privacy and a more personalised service, will also see the introduction of Flagship First Dining, meaning passengers can choose from a seasonal, multi-course menu that features fresh, regionally-inspired dishes designed by an Executive Chef.

Cathay Pacific operates more non-stop flights between Hong Kong and New York than any other airline, connecting two of the world’s most important financial centres with four daily services to New York, including one via Vancouver and one daily flight to Newark Liberty International Airport.

In total, Cathay Pacific operates 108 scheduled passenger flights per week to North America, including 84 flights per week to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles New York and San Francisco in the United States and 24 flights per week to Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

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Jeju Air confirm order for Three Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 jets

Jan 11, 2017

The Korean low-cost carrier Jeju Air has confirmed and finalised its order for three Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The order, valued at nearly $300 million at current list prices, will become the airline’s first direct-purchased airliners from Boeing and fuel the airline’s continued expansion within Asia’s rapidly growing air travel market. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

“This acquisition is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Ken Choi, Chief Executive Officer, Jeju Air. “We fully understand the benefits of owning and operating airplanes, which is what drove our decision to purchase these airplanes. We are confident that this order will enable Jeju Air to further strengthen our position as a leading low-cost carrier in Northeast Asia.”

“In addition, the 737 forms the backbone of our fleet and it has been a reliable work-horse for our airline over the past decade,” said Choi.

“We look forward to introducing these brand new airplanes into our fleet in the near future.”

Jeju Air All Boeing Fleet

The carrier currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 26 Next-Generation 737-800 airliners.

“We are honored to partner with Jeju Air as they continue to strengthen their presence in the competitive Northeast Asian market,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This order is a testament of the market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort of the 737. We look forward to introducing additional 737s to Jeju Air’s expanding fleet.”

Jeju Air, based in South Korea was established as Korea’s first low-cost carrier in 2005 and launched operations in 2006. The carrier currently serves 40 domestic and international routes with approximately 150 daily flights.

The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family. Jeju Air’s new 737 will feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin, providing passengers a greater sense of spaciousness with decorative sculpted sidewalls, larger window reveals, LED mood lighting and larger pivot overhead stowage bins.

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Qatar Airways Travel Festival Sale now on until the 16th January

Jan 9, 2017

Qatar Airways are doing it again as they launch their Travel Festival sale. It offers UK travellers a number of exceptional deals across the airline’s global network. These offers can be found for travel in Business Class and Economy Class. There are also special companion fares, discounts on group bookings and special offers for those travelling with children. The sale is on between the 9th and 16th January 2017.

Click to visit Qatar Airways Sale

The Qatar Airways Travel Festival online Treasure Hunt will also once again offer Qatar Airways’ millions of social media followers the opportunity of searching for a zero fare Golden Ticket to one of the airline’s exciting global destinations, with clues being released via the airline’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages throughout the sale period.

Join the Travel Festival

Qatar Airways passengers can choose from even more exciting places to explore starting in 2017 with the launch of new destinations such as Auckland, New Zealand and Canberra, Australia. Offers available throughout the Travel Festival are applicable on Economy and Business Class return airfares, with a travel period between 11 January and 15 December 2017 to more than 150 destinations worldwide, including the Middle East, East Asia, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

Passengers can explore Melbourne from £619 per person, chase an endless summer in Bali with flights from £399 per person, or experience culture and scenery like no other with flights to Cape Town from £479 per person. Travellers can avail the exceptional promotion offers by booking at qatarairways.com or by contacting their nearest Qatar Airways sales agent.

For the first time since starting the travel festival, Qatar Airways’ has partnered with leading global financial services company, Visa, providing eligible card holders with discounts of up to 15 per cent extra on flight bookings. Travellers can also take advantage of the airline’s partnership with AccorHotels, receiving a 10 per cent discount when booking accommodation via the airline’s website, as well as additional benefits on great flight and hotel packages when booking with partner Expedia.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, said: “The Qatar Airways Travel Festival has fast become an exciting global event that offers great value and encourages our travellers to keep exploring; and I’m thrilled to be able to bring it back for its third installment. The New Year is the perfect time to start thinking about travel plans for the year ahead and the travel festival allows travellers to take advantage of a number of fantastic deals and promotions across our entire network at exceptional prices.”

“Our guests also have the opportunity to enjoy free upgrades to our Business Class or can benefit from further discounts on group bookings – our travel festival is designed to encourage our valued guests to go places together and create memories with those who they cherish the most.”

The airline’s Privilege Club members also have the opportunity to earn double Qmiles on bookings made throughout the promotion period, while travellers can also win a number of exciting prizes including upgrades to the World’s Best Business Class, Silver and Gold Privilege Club memberships, up to 100,000 Qmiles, access to Al Maha Lounges, Qatar Duty Free vouchers as well as vouchers to The Airport Hotel’s wellness spa inside Hamad International Airport. Guests can also take advantage of fantastic deals on hotels and accommodation packages in partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays.

The Qatar Airways Travel Festival provides the perfect opportunity for travellers to treat their nearest and dearest to award-winning service when they go places together, with the airline receiving a number of accolades in 2016. Qatar Airways was named Skytrax’s Best Staff Service in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class 2016 and Best Business Class Airline Lounge as well as Best Business Class from Business Traveller Awards. The airline recently announced a number of new enhancements to its cabin to elevate the passenger experience, including new BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio amenity kits for Business Class passengers, and refreshed Hasbro children’s entertainment kits for the airline’s youngest travellers.

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Travel Service finalise order for five additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Jan 5, 2017

Czech airline company Travel Service, which operates scheduled flights under the SmartWings brand, has finalised an order for five Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, valued at $550 million at current list prices.

Travel Service 737 MAX Order

Travel Service previously placed an order for three 737 MAX jets at the Paris Air Show in 2013 and currently operates a mixed fleet that includes 32 737 aircraft.

“We are pleased to add more 737 MAXs to our original order and we look forward to receiving the first one to become the first airline to operate the 737 MAX in this region,” said Roman Vik, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Service.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient Next-Generation 737 aircraft – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737 models when they first entered service.

“We are delighted that Travel Service continues to place its faith in our products with this new, increased order for the 737 MAX,” said Monty Oliver, Vice President, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This airplane will be a great addition to its fleet providing the airline with unmatched fuel efficiency and its passengers with superior comfort.”

The airline flies to more than 300 airports on 4 continents. Travel Service is present not only in the Czech Republic but also in Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, where the company has its subsidiary companies.

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